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    Will Reggie Robinson and Bradlee Anae Get an Opportunity to Play in 2021?

    You never want to write off a draft pick after just one season because often it takes time to see that player develop. Some selections are obvious home runs like the pick in the last year, while others leave you with not enough information to make a decision. And that’s where two of their 2020 draft picks fall; Bradlee Anae and Reggie Robinson.

    As the draft unfolded last April, several players that were well liked by the continued to slip. The Cowboys were able to select Robinson in the fourth round after there was some thought he could be their selection in the . Similarly, Bradlee Anae, one of the most productive pass rushers in the draft fell to the fifth round.

    Both selections were held with high esteem as it was thought the Cowboys got tremendous value on two players who could potentially turn into solid depth for the Cowboys . Unfortunately, after playing very little (Anae has six defensive snaps and Robinson had zero defensive snaps) we still don’t know what their future holds for the Dallas Cowboys.

    Reggie Robinson, a in high school who moved to corner, and moved to safety his rookie year is a player who could play a lot of roles in your . While initial reports had him moving back to cornerback this year, the thought is that new might also want to give him a look at safety first before moving him back to .

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    Whatever position they play him at, just play him.

    What was always interesting with Reggie Robinson is that the Cowboys never seemed willing to make the switch back to cornerback in 2020 as they dealt with injuries in their secondary. Instead they promoted players and left a Robinson on the bench to redshirt.

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    After losing and in , the Dallas Cowboys have a lot of snaps up for grabs in the secondary. Yes, Demontae Kazee is slated to be your starting , but coming off an , there might be an opportunity to run Robinson out there with the first team to manage Kazee’s workload as he works his way back in.

    The Cowboys might still move him back to cornerback depending on how the draft goes in a couple of weeks. If they’re unable to secure a plug and play cornerback with one of their top 50 picks in the , then they may need Robinson over at corner to provide some competition.

    As for Bradlee Anae, his situation was quite different. Anae was caught up in the logjam at and designated pass rusher. With , , , and , it was going to be tough to break through and get some defensive snaps. Surprisingly, the Cowboys were relatively healthy at the position leaving little opportunity for the rookie from Utah.

    An opportunity to move up the has presented itself though as Aldon Smith has signed a deal with the leaving just Lawrence, Gregory, and Armstrong ahead of him in the defensive end rotation.

    is a sneaky need in the draft and could be the direction they go in the top two rounds if the Cowboys were to back. But if they don’t add a defensive end with a premium pick, Anae will be in a great position to top his six defensive snaps from 2020.

    Though the is taking much of our focus right now, the Cowboys do have depth options from the 2020 draft that can help them this year as well. Much like we’ve seen with , sometimes it just takes time to get put on the field by a and given an opportunity to prove you belong. For Reggie Robinson and Bradlee Anae, here’s hoping 2021 is the year they get that opportunity.

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    Dave SC58

    Just Lawrence, Gregory, and Armstrong ahead of him in the defensive end rotation? What about Tarell Basham? I expect him to be a big addition to the defensive end rotation. If Anae shows improvement in 2021 training camp, he may just replace Armstrong in the rotation. In fact, with Ron’Dell Carter also in the mix, we may see a different rotation all together. If Ladarius Hamilton sticks with the team, it will be as a Practice Squad player. However, it all depends on who is drafted or signed as a UDFA after the draft. I think the Cowboys will keep 6 Defensive Ends on the roster and another on the Practice Squad. The other question is how many Defensive Tackles will make the roster? Right now, the Cowboys have Brent Urban, Trysten Hill, Neville Gallimore, Antwaun Woods, and Carlos Watkins going to training camp. Between the draft and the UDFAs, I’m sure we’ll see two or three more. It would be unusual to keep more than 4 or 5 on the 53-Man roster so who will be the top 4 or 5? Good question! I am really looking forward to seeing this shape up! Hopefully, they get a good DT in the draft. Christian Barmore, Daviyon Nixon, Jay Tufele, Alim McNeill, Tyler Shelvin, and Marvin Wilson are all considered first or second round prospects, so one of them would be a good addition to the competition at defensive tackle. I’d love to see them go after Christian Barmore. However, they mad need to do some trading to get into a position to get him. At any rate, I look for an improved defensive line in 2021.

    brownlow adderley

    Unfortunately, each year that passes pushes later middle to late round picks further from securing a spot on the roster.
    Talent acquisition is 365 days of the year and the bottom part of the roster keeps chumming.
    Basham comes in as a FA and Urban can play inside and outside so injuries will have to play a part for (Anae) him to see significant chance for snaps.